Mexican snobs beat, insult cop, raise debate

Associated Press, 8/26/11

An odd instance of police abuse in which two snobby women shoved, slapped and insulted a cop has captured Mexico’s attention and sparked debate on police tactics, gender and class issues.

Almost a week after the incident, one of the women was detained Friday and charged with resisting officers, insulting authorities and discrimination. She was released on her own recognizance because the charges are not considered serious. The other woman was being sought.

Tapes of the late-night confrontation on Aug. 20 in the upscale Mexico City neighborhood of Polanco became a hit on social networking and video-sharing sites, exposing Mexicans’ frustration with both the arrogant rich and ineffectual police. The press have given the aggressive pair the ironic nickname “The Ladies of Polanco.”

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